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Narcissus papyraceus 'Ziva' for Forcing

Narcissi papyraceus 'Ziva' is a pure white, highly fragrant, multi-headed daffodil that makes a classic Christmas house plant. More
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Narcissus papyraceus 'Ziva' is a pure white, highly fragrant, multi-headed daffodil that makes a classic winter house plant. Place one pot on top of another – like a tiered wedding cake – for a spectacular winter table centrepiece.

These bulbs have been specially prepared for growing indoors. You may notice a small green shoot coming out of the bulb when you receive them – this is the first sign of growth and the shoot should not be removed. For best results, the bulbs should be planted as soon as possible after arrival. Plant the bulbs just below the soil surface, pointy end up, with 5-8cm between each bulb. Keep them at room temperature and they will flower in around 4-6 weeks. Use a loam-based compost, lightened with some grit. Keep the compost moist but not dripping wet. Use a decorative nest of twigs to support them as they grow to keep them from flopping. If you don’t want to plant your bulbs straight away, we recommend they are kept somewhere cool and dark (like an outdoor shed or garage) at around 15°C. They can be kept in the fridge for a brief period, if temperatures are particularly mild.

Comes with full planting and care instructions

Give these deliciously scented narcissi with our Terracotta Bowl. The Gift Set is sent out in a Sarah Raven hessian sack, tied with ribbon, accompanied by a gift card.

Genus Narcissus
Group/Species tazetta subsp. papyraceus
Variety Ziva
Type Houseplant
Common Name Daffodil
Border Position Indoor (Frost Free)
Bulb Size 15/17
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Scented
Site Indoors
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing Plant the bulbs just below the soil surface, pointy end up with 5-8cm (2-3in) between each bulb.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting These bulbs have been specially prepared for growing indoors. For best results, plant as soon as possible after arrival but if you do not want to plant them straight away, we recommend keeping them somewhere cool and dark (like an outdoor shed or garage) at around 8-15°C before planting. You may notice a small green shoot coming out of the bulb when you receive them, this is the first sign of growth and should not be removed. Use a loam-based compost, lightened with some grit, place the bulb with its pointy tip just below the soil surface, and fill in around it. Keep the compost moist but not dripping wet.
Care Tips Plant the bulbs just below the soil surface, pointy end up with 5-8cm (2-3in) between each bulb. After planting, store them somewhere cool, like a garage, and move them inside the house once the shoots are 4-5cm tall. Use a decorative nest of twigs as support as they grow to keep them from flopping.
Flowering Once shoots are 4-5cm tall, bring them inside the house and they will flower in about 4-6 weeks.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Delivery

Indoor Bulb Delivery - Due to increased levels of demand, please allow up to 3 weeks for despatch.  

Click here to find out more information about our delivery rates and times.

Narcissus papyraceus 'Ziva' for Forcing reviews

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Reviewed 23rd January 2021 by Alix

Lovely daffodils in flower in time for Christmas, beautifully presented in the basket, lovely scent

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Reviewed 19th January 2021 by Heather

I have bought many plants and bulbs over the last number of months. Devastated that due to Brexit we in Northern Ireland cannot get hold of any stock. I hope this is resolved soon as I know for sure that there are many great customers in this part of the United Kingdom.

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Reviewed 18th January 2021 by Rosalind

Very well packaged and presented. Grew well too.

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Reviewed 18th January 2021 by Susanna

Just coming into bloom and smelling wonderful

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Reviewed 18th January 2021 by Marion

The plants & packaging I have received over many years have been excellent.
Unfortunately the 2x planted pots of Christmas narcissi for presents have been appalling. Their whole journey from their receipt of arriving , storage , planting, packing, distributing has been a total disaster. They should have arrived with about 2-3” of growth. They actually arrived 8-9” high grew to 3’ high with 2-3 brown buds only.
It has taken weeks to complain about tge 1st delivery where new bulbs were sent & have been successful.
Tge second delivery also complained about I have heard nothing.
As a company used to supplying plants& bulbs this is not the 1st time I have had fIled spring bulbs & I’m pretty appalled being a professional gardener & good customer.
I would appreciate some explanation & compensation please.
Sincerely
Mrs M Verschoyle
Dorset

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Reviewed 16th January 2021 by Mandiw

Sadly my bulbs have only long leaves no flowers appeared. Very disappointed 😞

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Reviewed 16th January 2021 by Gillian

They are much taller than the advised 18 inches,they are 23-25 inches!

Far too tall for the basket. I have supported them with twigs and raffia but they still look untidy and straggly. Quite disappointing in appearance.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Lynn

I loved my paper whites. They arrived in pristine condition and very swiftly too! You sent me a ten pond gift voucher which I didn’t use because I didn’t think you service was bad. Thanks! 😁

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Maria

because it arrived well and all the bulbs have grown wonderful

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Derek

Excellent Service and purchase met all my expectations .Received early December and the first flowers opened on Christmas Eve .They are still flowering so I am more than pleased with this purchase

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Elizabeth

Very impressive display- really special

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Elizabeth

These were delightful to look at over Christmas. My only negative comment is that I didn't realise how heavily fragranced these are and as I have 2 family members with severe allergies to perfume, the bulbs had to be "isolated" in the porch!! Such a shame. Would so love to buy again if you offered a less fragranced variety!!

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Susan

Lovely basket and flowers came out for Christmas. Wonderful scent!

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Noreen

It was a gift It performed so well the scent was gorgeous the blooms started to appear at the beginning of Dec they lasted until new year. The peak was during Christmas so I was very pleased, a housewarming gift for a dear cousin.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Pat

This was a gift for my sisters 50th wedding anniversary .She was absolutely thrilled with the gift and sent me pictures regularly.Amazing !!
Would highly recommend Sarah Raven and her products

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Maggje

Lovely bulbs...good size and delivered quickly. Bought them for a friend's birthday and she was very pleased so THANK YOU 😊

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Liz

Well packaged (unlike some other suppliers) and they provided a breath of Spring and a symbol of hope over a somewhat muted Christmas. AND they all flowered at abou the same time.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Jan

They arrived promptly and flowered profusely.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Jane

Too early to tell yet but bulbs large and healthy

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Lynn

The basket of 20 ziiva paper whites have been an absolute joy. They flowered a week before Christmas and are still in perfect condition now, half way through January. The service and timing of deliver was perfect. Thank you.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Gloria

They were a perfect present for a gardener friend.
They were at the best stage- I kept them for a few days and then delivered them for Christmas.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Susie

They were a gift for a troubled sister and she is so enjoying them and bulbscshe can use forever.

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Reviewed 15th January 2021 by Bridget

Great bulbs, lots of flowers just from 5 bulbs and they flowered in time for Christmas- lovely.

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Reviewed 25th December 2020 by Jane

Too early to tell yet but bulbs large and healthy

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Reviewed 22nd December 2020 by Sheila

These arrived promptly and were sprouting - unfortunately they were a bit squiffy in the bag, and don't seem be straightening out now they're in the light. Having said that the bulbs themselves were excellent quality, and had a couple of extra little ones thrown in. Pretty happy with them!

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Reviewed 20th December 2020 by Sharron

Arrived promptly
Flowering already
Look very pretty

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Reviewed 18th December 2020 by Phil

I bought this for my wife instead of an advent calendar and she loves it with the bulbs now in lovely flower.

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Reviewed 22nd February 2020 by Susan

ONLY JUST PRIZED OUT OF THE RECIPIENT OF THIS GIFT THAT IT WAS RATHER UNDERWHELMING.....VERY TINY FLOWERS AND AN UNLINED BASKET, REQUIRING A DISH UNDERNEATH TO CATCH SURPLUS WATER, WHICH SPOILT THE NATURAL ASCETIC.

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Reviewed 19th January 2020 by Ruth

Pretty flowers but scent too strong and unusual. Efficient delivery and happy eith p

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Reviewed 16th January 2020 by Clare

40% of the bulbs grew well to a height of about 40cm and flowered. The remainder either did not flower or barely grew (5cm).

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Reviewed 16th January 2020 by Elaine

Service was excellent and I am enjoying the narcissus in full bloom at the minute

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Norma

Delivery took longer than quoted. Not all bulbs came up.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Claudy

Great service and purchase but my bulbs are slow to flower.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Shirley

The wicker basket is handsome and sturdy and contains the 10 very pretty narcissus. They do grow tall and inclined to flop. Only disappointment has been the lack of scent, not sure why. But still a very lovely arrangement especially surrounded by fairy lights.T.hey are still blooming

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Niki

the narcissus bolted and flowered well before Xmas - only 3 of 5 bulbs flowered

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Josephine

There was not a full basket of bulbs and arrived looking really tatty. I was refunded but I wanted it as a present.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Clare

40% of the bulbs grew well to a height of about 40cm and flowered. The remainder either did not flower or barely grew (5cm).

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Susan

I boughtvthe bulbs for my niece.She enjoyed receiving them and no doubt has planted them as she loves flowers and is an ardent gardener.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Kate

Beautiful display great service and I will be back

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Jane

Fewer than a quarter of the bulbs flowered. Some came up blind and around half didn't come up at all. Very disappointing - and expensive given that they didn't yield results.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Edith

A perfect gift and very much appreciated.

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Jane

Some of the bulbs (5 to be precise) did not grow - they were soft when they arrived

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Katrina

Lovely gift ... wish I’d got myself one too!
Easy to order arrived promptly well packaged .. good quality

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Amy

i was a little disappointed with these this year… i’ve had the paperwhites before and they’ve been great but this time only three of the five flowered; one came up completely blind and one grew to a couple of inches but never opened! i had made a special effort with my moss and twig arrangement this year too so it was a shame the flowers didn’t do their bit!!

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Reviewed 15th January 2020 by Christine

Bought as a present again. 1st class service & plants. Well received.

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Reviewed 22nd October 2019 by Sally

Helpful growing tips in leaflet

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Barbara

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Ann

The bulbs flowered well and had a lovely perfume

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Reviewed 18th January 2019 by Janet

I ordered these three items in November - one was for a Christmas present to take to my sister in law on 22nd December. The other two were for our house at Christmas.
I received an email to say they had been despatched by Royal Mail (seemed strange to me to put these products in the post) but nothing ever arrived and after a week of waiting and being worried about what condition they may be in by then, I emailed to say they hadn't arrived and was given an immediate refund.
I must confess that I do wonder if they were ever really sent.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by June

lovely flowers , well packed, friendly driver,
Made the room spell lovely, still blooming. love Sarah Raven . Definitely will orders more flowers etc.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Lesley

I bought this item as a Christmas gift. I was so pleased that the special offer price was affordable and I heard that the gift arrived in good time and in good condition.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Louise

As both baskets of bulbs were gifts I don’t really know what the quality was... both parties seemed very pleased with them but that might have been good manners!
Service was excellent.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Mrs Vivian

Service at ordering was good, and both baskets were Christmas presents which arrived before the 25th. However the bulbs had not been planted evenly in the basket so one side had no growing bulbs. I did ask my daughters in law if there were in fact 20 bulbs in each of their baskets and they both seemed to think there were either 19/20 The girls have been pleased with their gifts however and because they don't live close by, I have not been able to see them.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Sara

My purchase arrived before Christmas as stated on website. Package was great with no damage to contents. The resulting flowers smell wonderful and it is so lovely to a living plant in the house at this time of year.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Alison

I have already expressed my disappoint in a previous meal. Sent you a photograph too. No response from you, this isvnot what I expect from Sarah Raven

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Elizabeth

The potted amaryllis has not done anything at all and looks dead! Very disappointed

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Alisan

These bulbs were delivered safely and quickly. They bloomed beautifully for at least a month - right through Christmas! An excellent purchase.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Mrs Gotto

These were a gift and it appears they were hyacinths instead??? I have no idea as the people who received the gift haven't answered whether they were hyacinths or narcissi! Maybe they haven't flowered yet????

So impossible to review.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Gunborg

Hello, they are just now in flower, mine as well as my daughter' s ready planted basket. I bought the bulbs to plant,which I did in a big ceramic bowl without bottom holes.There is no difference in performance.
I thoroughly recommend the quality of the bulbs and they were very well packed. I am so pleased with your service as a customer for many years!

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Mrs Stacey

This was a present to friends so I do not see how the bulbs grew but I saw the basket when they were in flower and it was spectacular

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Lesley

Hello - the basket of paper white bulbs was of the highest quality and they gave much pleasure BUT they arrived too late! Maybe I ordered them too late? I wanted them out for Christmas Day (possibly before) to fill the room with that aroma of Christmas but that I didn't get! Let me know by when I must order them next year please.

Lesley Taylor

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Teresa

The purchase was a total disaster & I was given a full refund

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Linda

They are in full bloom and giving me much enjoyment, and I look forward to the arrival sometime in Feb of my two dahlias that are ordered.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Fiona

Pot arrived in time for Christmas and the narcissi flowered and were still flowering into the New a year, perfect.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Christine

They did exactly what you said they would and are beautiful, tall and smell amazingly. First class service as always from Sarah Raven thank you

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Isobel

Excellent service, order arrived when advised the gift set is absolutely gorgeous.

I love the quality of all Sarah Ravens plants etc.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Cherry

But I ch am STILL waiting on a catalogue and two further products ordered that have not arrived!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. we have arranged for you to be sent another copy of the catalogue. Please note that the bulbs in the green and Acidanthera on your order are not due to be dispatched until mid-February as advised on the website."

Posted 16th January 2019

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Maxine

Bought them for my mum in law and she said best Christmas present she’s received. Masses of flowers, wonderful perfume and beautifully presented.

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Reviewed 16th January 2019 by Kate

I bought this gift set for a friend who loved it. She said it smelt devine. I have never been disappointed with anything I have bought from Sarah Raven.

Gorgeous Display, Gorgeous Scent

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Rose Gardenia

Fabulous at Christmas... We are now the 1st week of February and Ziva is still in full bloom!

Pleased With These!

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Reviewed 16th June 2014 by Nicky

Just five bulbs planted a couple of months ago are making a lovely display in my living room at the moment. Taller and more impressive than I was expecting.